Archive for January, 2021
Gamepyre?review the continuing saga of Dungeon Siege aptly titled?as Dungeon Siege 2. The game has plenty of action and tries to make improvements over its first endorsement though the results are a mixed bag, leaving the user frustrated at some junctions during gameplay. "While this title was intended to re-capture the crown of innovation and popularity gained by its forefather, it unfortunately fell short. While Dungeon Siege II is indeed an enjoyable romp, addressing some of the issues of the previous title, it still remains with its fair share of flaws. Take for example the sub par visuals or the lackluster AI ? after all, enemies have no problem attacking you, but neither you nor your party members can think to automatically attack creatures when you?ve been pulled away from the machine for a moment! Link to Review
Could this be the ultimate combination for gaming?
Intel and Microsoft have said they will support Toshiba-led next generation DVD technology, HD DVD, over a rival Sony-led Blu-ray DVD technology. Toshiba, with NEC, Sanyo and others, is pushing HD DVD, while backers of Sony’s Blu-ray discs include Dell and Apple. For months, the two groups have been battling to win support for their competing disc formats from technology companies and Hollywood studios. Future discs will be able to hold about six times as much data as current DVDs. The next generation of DVDs will be very important for studios, technology manufacturers, and the games industry. Sony has already said its PlayStation 3 games console will support Blu-ray.
Telewest is looking at technology which could eventually boost broadband speeds up to 100Mbps, the company announced today. The cable company claims it will achieve this hundred-fold increase in broadband speeds, compared with the average connection today, thanks to its investment in Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) standards. Telewest is hoping to launch a service based on DOCSIS 3 middleware ? which will allow download speeds between 50Mbps and 100Mbps by the end of 2006. In the meantime, the telco also announced that it has begun rolling out a 10Mbps broadband service in the UK. Initially only available in Scotland, the 10Mbps service should reach London at the beginning of next year with the rest of the country following over the next 12 months. More info HERE
This is?what the X1800 XL single slot cooling solution looks like. The core is cooled by copper heatspreader, heatpipes and fins while the memories are cooled by a large nickel plate. See pics HERE
The European Union has received "informal complaints" about US software giant Microsoft, which has long been in the hotseat with EU regulators, EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes has said. "We have had informal complaints, and we are using our time now to look at them," Kroes told the New York Times, which did not say who had made the complaints. The US newspaper said that Kroes had said that the informal complaints received by the commission, which polices competition issues in the EU, focused on the bundling of existing applications and future ones. Link to Source
Although limited to only a few of the game’s servers the numbers of characters that have fallen victim is thought to be in the thousands. Originally it was thought that the deadly digital disease was the result of a programming bug in a location only recently added to the Warcraft game. However, it now appears that players kicked off the plague and then kept it spreading after the first outbreak. Since its launch in November 2004, World of Warcraft (Wow) has become the most widely played massively multiplayer online (MMO) game in the world. Its creator, Blizzard, claims that now more than four million people are regular players. News Source
Enermax have recently announced a new range of modular power supplies to be known as the Liberty Series.
As many of you will be aware, F.E.A.R (or First Encounter Assault & Recon for short) involves a rather mysterious looking girl in a red dress, a man with an unappetising taste for human flesh, and some rather flashy action set pieces al la’ The Matrix. All of this is brought together by one of the best game engines around. ?There has been a great amount of talk surrounding this game of late, and Guru 3d decided?to take a quick pre-release look at both single and multiplayer aspects of this game, with some preliminary testing and benchmark results to give you an idea of just what to expect, and whether your brand spanking new 7800GTX will be just as scared of that Girl in the Red Dress as you are! Link to Preview
Microsoft Fingerprint Reader Review – Tweaknews "Finger print readers have been around for a long time ? in Hollywood, where you most likely see them being used to access high security areas in action movies, but similarly they have been around for surprisingly a long time in army bases around the world. As time went on they found their way into corporate networks protecting vital company data before swiftly moving into our homes. Today you can pick up a good quality fingerprint reader in many shops but there is one that Microsoft is touting to be the best and it is pushing its technology into keyboards, bundling together with mice and as a separate fingerprint reader module, which is what is going to be reviewed here today." United Keys LCD Keyboard Preview – ThinkComputers ?Not long ago, did a small article/review on a new innovation, an Oled Keyboard, I am sure everyone knows what I am talking about, it was posted as news everywhere. The only problem with the Oled keyboard is that, after some research, the idea is not that technologically feasible at this time. The other problem with the Oled keyboard is that it is ‘paperware’ it does not actually exist, the pictures look very pretty and caused quite a bit of a fuss in the media, but that’s all they are: Pictures. A little while after I wrote that article I received an email from Ronald Brown the CEO of United Keys Inc., pertaining to their invention, which is essentially a Qwerty...
Intel today announced it is developing an ultra-low profile 65 nm process that will enable production of very low power processors. The ultra-low power process will be Intel's second generation 65 nm process technology. The 65 nm process will provide obvious benefits over Intel?s current 90 nm manufacturing process like lower voltage requirements which equates to less heat and lower power consumption - the current buzz word of the moment.
One of the factors in decreasing chip power consumption, which is important to mobile and battery-operated devices, is improving the design of the transistor. Lost electricity leaking from these microscopic transistors, even when they are in their "off" state, is a problem that is a challenge for the entire industry
Recently Rage3D reported that the method in Crossfire capable cards used? to communicate to each other could be flawed, offering no higher than 1600×1200 at an unimpressive 60Hz. Speculation arose when the backbone to this setup was the Silicon Image Sil 1161. Penstarsys.com has more information on this and is countering the argument, saying that ATI cards will probably not have such limitations: "The receiver can handle 1600×1200 @ 60 Hz, which means that it can receive 60 frames of 1600×1200 pixel content per second.? When used with the output of the master card, this can give a theoretical maximum of 120 fps at 1600×1200 resolution when using alternating frames.? Most high quality 21" CRTs can usually handle a maximum of 100 Hz at 1600×1200, so using AFR with v-sync enabled, 100 fps is theoretically achievable (depending on the application of course).? Let’s look at other situations." Read the full article HERE
Hitachi’s Deskstar 7K500 hard drive – Tech Report "Today, hard drives are measured in hundreds of gigabytes. Soon it may be terabytes, and we’ll look back on the gigabyte wondering how we ever got along with so little storage. We’re really halfway there already. Hitachi’s Deskstar 7K500, currently the largest desktop hard drive on the market, offers an awe-inspiring half-terabyte of storage." Intel 670 Pentium 4 3.8Ghz 64Bit Processor Review – Tweaknews "With Intel canceling their plans for any type of 4.0Ghz processor in the near future, Intel is focusing more and more on dual core and on other ways to make their chips faster other than increase the clock speed. The speed war is over, the efficiency battle has just begun. Because of these facts, this will be the fastest 64bit capable processor you will see in the 6xx range of Pentium 4s." More Web News: OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 433MHz Gold Gamer eXtreme Edition memory – Pro-Clockers Gigabyte GV-3D-68GT Dual GPU Graphics Card – 3D Velocity How To Build A Sonoma Notebook – Legit Review HIS X800GT IceQ II Turbo 256MB PCIe Video Card – 3DGameman Albatron 7800 GTX – Viperlair Leadtek – dual 6600 on a single card – Bit-Tech FREECOM Mediaplayer-3 160GB Review – CACHE-Community
Quote: Being the successor to a lineup of legendary mouse pads is a huge pair of shoes to fill. Func’s newest offering to the competitive mouse pad arena promises to be even bigger and better then all of their previous pads. Today we have the F-10S and F-30R competition gaming surfaces. The F-10S and F-30R are differentiated by their size and texture. Mouse pads are constructed of high quality polycarbonate, which ensures exceptional tracking. The two surfaces available in this lineup were taken from the double sided award winning Func Surface 1030, so lets see the F-Series will live up to its older brother, the 1030. Link to SOURCE
The 6800 is no longer top?dog but it still packs one hell of a bite. At the right price?the 6800GT can be a great bargain. Gamepyre takes a look at the XFX 6800GT:. Quote: XFX has announced a new support plan for their 6800GT cards. Several companies like BFG, eVGA and now XFX have begun offering lifetime warranties with their video cards. XFX calls their warranty program the ?Double Lifetime Warranty?. The new policy allows the user to transfer the card to another owner and keep the warranty the same. Go to Source HERE